Q&A with Stephanie Meeks: Why the Key to Successful, Future Cities Lies in the Past
Meeks uses cities, like Philadelphia, as case studies to illustrate her call for building preservation
By 2030, the United States will demolish 82 billion square feet of existing building space to create new and modern structures. While some new buildings may be equipped with energy saving technologies and materials, the construction process itself consumes a lot ...
Driverless Vehicles: Safe Speeds Ensure Safety For All
Autonomous Vehicles Can Make Citites Safer and More Efficient If Done Right. Photo by Ken Conley / Flickr
The coming of autonomous vehicle technology shows great promise for eliminating traffic deaths and serious road injuries. They could also make life a lot easier, but only if they are done right. Reducing traffic fatalities will depend on how cities ...
Live from Habitat III: National Policy, Local Empowerment and Climate Change
Urban World Leaders Gather for Habitat III Plenary Session. Photo by Agencia de Noticias ANDES / Flickr
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities is reporting on Habitat III from Quito, Ecuador. Follow our daily coverage on TheCityFix. Habitat III, the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, officially began on Monday, October 17th in ...
Live from Habitat III: Road Safety Strategies in the New Urban Agenda
Amend Avi Silverman, Luis Antonio Lindau, Justin Mortensen, Kai Poswayo, Carlos Cuenca, Michelle Yeoh and Saul Billinsgley participate on a panel at Habitat III. Photo by Bruno Felin / WRI Brazil Sustainable Cities / Flickr
Everyday, 1.8 billion children go to school. While some of them use the sidewalks, other have to cross wide avenues – some even have to cross highways. And every day 500 of these children don’t make it to their classes, ...
Live from Habitat III: Inclusive and Well-planned Cities For All
Quito, Ecuador hosts Habitat III. Photo by Sakeeb Sabakka / Flickr
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities is reporting on Habitat III from Quito, Ecuador. Follow our daily coverage on TheCityFix. Habitat III, the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, officially began on Monday, October 17th in ...
Social Housing is Central in Implementing the New Urban Agenda in Brazil
Claudio Acioly, Head Capacity Building at UN-Habitat; Guenther Wehenpohl, GIZ; Andre Marinho, National Superintendent of Property at CAIXA; Vanderley John, Brazilian Council for Sustainable Construction; Henriette Arantes, National Secretary of Housing; Ani Dasgupta, Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities; and Simon Jatene, Governor of Pará. Photo by: Bruno Felin / WRI Brazil Sustainable Cities.
What will make 2.5 billion people worldwide choose to live in cities over the next two decades? Urban conglomerates have become attractive simply because they can offer access to core urban services and the chance to thrive. One of the ...
Live from Habitat III: Data-driven Policy and Human Rights Essential for Adoption of New Urban Agenda
Joan Clos and President Rafael Correa Celebrate the Unanimous Adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the Habitat III Closing Ceremony. Photo by Agencia de Noticias ANDES / Flickr.
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities is reporting on Habitat III from Quito, Ecuador. Follow our daily coverage on TheCityFix. Thursday marked the fourth and final day of Habitat III, the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban ...
Live from Habitat III: Talking All Things Mobility at Transport Day
Natalie Draisin, US Manager, FIA Foundation, speaks at Transport Day at Habitat III. Photo by Alex Rogala/WRI.
TheCityFix is live on the ground from Habitat III. Click here for our full coverage.  “We need to stop building cities for vehicles, and build cities for people,” remarked Quito’s Deputy Mayor, Eduardo del Pozo, setting the opening tone for ...
Live from Habitat III: Four Priorities for Creating Economically, Environmentally and Socially Resilient Cities
Habitat III's High Level Roundtable “Ecological, Climate Change Resilient, Disaster-Responsive Cities” took place on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Photo by Alex Rogala/WRI.
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities is reporting on Habitat III from Quito, Ecuador. Follow our daily coverage on TheCityFix. Habitat III, the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, officially began on Monday, October 17th in Quito. ...
Why Sustainable Urban Development Needs Better Finance
Representatives of Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative partners, from left: James Alexander, C40; Val Smith, Citi; Helio Lima Magalhães, Citi Brazil; Rodrigo Rosa, C40 and City of Rio de Janeiro; and Toni Lindau, WRI Brasil Sustainable Cities.
This week in Quito, Ecuador, international leaders have gathered in support of the New Urban Agenda, which lays the groundwork for improving the lives of more than half of the world’s population. Habitat III follows the historic adoption of the Sustainable Development ...